Can­cer Trust re­tires and gives funds to Sue Ry­der

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A COM­MU­NITY group that has helped thou­sands of can­cer suf­fer­ers over the past 26 years has an­nounced its re­tire­ment by mak­ing a grand ges­ture.

Launched in 1991, the Wok­ing­ham District Can­cer Care Trust has helped run pal­lia­tive care day cen­tres and of­fer sup­port to res­i­dents with the life-threat­en­ing ill­ness.

How­ever, last year the char­ity de­cided to merge with Sue Ry­der, which now runs the day cen­tre in Wok­ing­ham Hospi­tal on Barkham Road.

The char­ity felt that as fundrais­ing had be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult and the two char­i­ties could join forces as they shared sim­i­lar aims.

On Fri­day, sup­port­ers in­clud­ing the trust’s pres­i­dent The Hon Mary Bayliss, gath­ered at the day hospice to see chair­man Dr Martin Haslam present a cheque for £200,000 to Sue Ry­der.

Dr Haslam thanked sup­port­ers for their help over the years.

“Things change and trustees recog­nise that in the cur­rent cli­mate fundrais­ing is in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult. It would be right to use our funds in a way that would be most ef­fec­tive, we looked very hard,” he said.

“I am very pleased we’re able to make the do­na­tion and we will be able to con­tinue our work.”

Mar­garet Moore, a trus­tee for Sue Ry­der in the Berk­shire area, said: “I’d like to pay trib­ute to every­one who has helped over the years.

“This is an in­cred­i­ble do­na­tion to us that will en­able us to do so much.”

Stu­art Marks, Sue Ry­der’s hospice direc­tor, said: “We’re de­lighted that WDCC chose Sue Ry­der to work with.

“Thank you all very much in­deed.”

Pic­ture: Phil Creighton

Dr Martin Haslam presents a cheque for £200,000 from Wok­ing­ham District Can­cer Trust to Sue Ry­der’s Mar­garet Moore, watched by Stu­art Marks (left) and sup­port­ers in­clud­ing The Hon Mary Bayliss

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